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The Spoken Word
Produced by: Eric Lewis
Thom Woodward
Join us on a journey through the rich tradition of performance poetry, set in Washington DC's famous and eclectic U Street corridor. Our program takes you from memories of the live poetry clubs that emerged there in the 1960's, through the D.C. riots that saw venues closing down and artists scattering to the West Coast, to the modern day renaissance of the spoken word tradition. Our story is narrated by performance poets M'wili Yaw Askari, Toni Ashanti Lightfoot and Matthew Payne.

Program Credits

The Spoken Word is a SOUNDPRINT Classic, produced by Thom Woodard and Eric Lewis with special thanks to Verna Avery Brown, Askia Muhammed, DJ Munch and the staff and performers of Bar Nun. Additional thanks to Jewel Johnson, Pappy Kymone Freeman and to "The Journey" by Fred Foss, for the performance excerpts. This program was funded in part by The National Endowment for the Arts.


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